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Vacation Village at Weston
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Weston
quebec city
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Nice if you avoid sales experience.”
Reviewed 18 March 2007

I booked a week through RCI because I needed a rest from the cold and the snow up in Canada.
At first, I was dissapointed with the location of my building, called Osprey, which is right next to the highway. I got ear plugs the first night at a nearby drug store and everything went fine.
The pool becomes overcrowded very fast so make sure you reserve your chair early in the morning. If you get at the pool at 1pm, after lunch, you may well end up standing or worse, sitting alongside the child pool, behind a fence.
My stay was planned during spring break, so the abundance of kids in the pool made the experience a bit noisy. But as one may say, the sun is shining for everybody and all in all, the swimming experience was fine.
The condo in itself was clean; insist to be located in the A section, where you will take be taking advantage of a Jacuzzi right next to your bed. Neat after a long day in the sun.
As far as hygiene is concerned, I would rate it an A...clean, tidy with a lot of nice dishes.
What has sadly undermined my experience was Vacation Village's unfamous sales experience. Please, DON'T FALL IN THE TRAP and don't be so naive as to be attracted by their phoney gift offers.
When you check in at the reception, you will be directed to another counter where someone will be offering you a 75 dollars VISA gift card, if, of course, you attend a "short" meeting about the site. This is exactly the way she described it.
First, it wasn't short, and second, it is not about the site per se but about selling to you. Sell, Sell, Sell and pressure, pressure, pressure.
If you once had a terrible experience with Jehovah's witnesses, this Weston affair may well compare to it. If you open your door to a member of that religious group and dare argue with one of them, you are SIMPLY DONE, over with, finished, cooked, whatever you call it. Same thing with the sales meeting.
A guy takes you for lunch, chatty and pleasant. But when you think it is over, it actually has not started yet!
They present you with figures and impose upon you visits of condos after visits of condos. You keep telling them you already are an owner but they don't care and keep coming back at you.
Finally, at the end, I was fighting against 3 of them at the same time - a real war, a combat, a bout, a fight, whatever you want to call it - and I got really agressive and stern. I finally was directed to the gitft counter, not before enduring another push - final and sadly desperate - from a so-called Vacation Village sales representative.
End of story: got my gift card, took me an hour to spent it. But please learn from my experience. If you do really want to get some rest and take advantage of the week off, AVOID THAT MEETING AT ALL COST.

  • Liked — clean rooms and free internet
  • Disliked — sales experience and noise from the highway
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 March 2007

Enjoyed our stay at Vacation Village Weston. Had both A & B units on ground floor facing the pool in the Ibis Bld. Had some highway noise from nearby 595 but it wasn't too bad, and with 4 teens and 2 adults we had plenty of room.
RCI owners beware...DONT FALL FOR THE FREE BREAKFAST!!! Unless you plan on buying or upgrading your timeshare you will waste half a day because they wont take no for an answer.
Didn't like the idea of paying $40 for housekeeping that only shows up once a week, you can pay an extra $25 a day for them to show up everyday which we thought was a bigger ripoff. So we found a way around that to get fresh towels and washcloths...just call housekeeping when you need them and they brought them right out. You just need your old ones to trade for the fresh. We were not doing laundry on Vaca!!!!
The kitchen area was good, we did eat in alot and it worked very nice.
Pool and hot tub were large and clean, large pool was heated , the kiddy pool with the water mushroom is not. Hot tub had plenty of room and is were we spent every night before bed.
Found the location of the Hotel to be ok, not a problem getting to beaches or attractions. The Hotel also has a free shuttle to the nearby area which the kids used a few times with no problem.
We also recomend eating at La Torretta's , had a great Italian meal the first night we stayed.

  • Liked — Pool was warm
  • Disliked — Paying for maid service
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled with family
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New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2007

The first thing you need to ask yourself is why do you want to stay in Weston. The location is great for tennis, walking and golf and has an overabundance of good restaurants serving the affluent full year and part-time population. If your interests are at the beach, you are choosing the wrong location. The nearest beach is Fort Lauderdale and it is about 30 minutes away on the expressway without any traffic problems. It is also convenient to the Everglades but you are probably only going to make that trip once during your vacation stay. If you do go, I recommend Shark Valley in the Everglades National Park on the Tamiami Trail. Miami and South Beach are about forty minutes south but could be longer if you hit a traffic jam or go during rush hour.

Vacation Village at Bonaventure is actually one of many buildings making up the Vacation Village complex and also includes the Vacation Village at Weston. They are scattered over a square mile in Weston and although the rooms are similar, the amenities at each building do indeed differ. For example, we stayed at the Sandpiper 1 at the Vacation Village at Bonaventure. Our building had a small pool to accommodate the residents of Sandpiper 1 and Sandpiper 2. There was adequate shade for those needing it and the pool was never crowded. It, however, did not have a whirlpool or any other amenities at it. We had friends who stayed at Vacation Village at Weston in the Osprey building. Crane is also next to this building. Both are situated convenient to the centralized Registration and Administration hub for Vacation Village - Bonadventure and Weston, which had wireless internet service, the exercise room, a very small gift shop, registration and concierge faculties. None of these were at Sandpiper 1.

It also had the largest pool in Vacation Village as well as a very large whirlpool. Most of the planned activities for Vacation Village took place around this pool, although some activities were conducted at other building scattered throughout the complex. Quiet it was not, but there was always something doing there. We ended up driving to the pool here on most days which was about ¾ mile from Sandpiper 1.

Be forewarned, regardless of what pool you go to, the lounge chairs are some of the most uncomfortable that I have ever tried to use. They were extremely durable but they were also hard plastic with no give in them. After a couple of minutes of relaxing in them, you felt stiff as a board.

Our room in the Sandpiper was bright and airy and extremely comfortable. The living/dining room had a full size dining table seating six plus sofa, two easy chairs, coffee table and wide screen TV. It opened up onto a patio which was accessible from the bedroom. The kitchen was more than adequate with a dishwasher, full range, microwave and full size refrigerator plus all of the utensils that we needed for a two week stay.

Our bedroom was a typical bedroom with a separate area for a full size Jacuzzi whirlpool. We could have used more drawer space for a two week stay and needed to commandeer the bathroom linen closet for additional space. I found the bed comfortable, although my wife felt it was as hard as a rock and preferred the living room sofa which she said was much softer to sleep on. It also had another entrance on to the patio.

One last thing, their wireless Internet service is not accessible from Sandpiper and really only works well when you are very close to the reception area. It did not work well in all areas of the pool which it was supposed to do. Additionally, a number of fellow Internet users could not send messages via a POP server, download executables and other types of files from the internet or upload to certain web sites. I discussed this with the technology person at Vacation Village who insisted that their firewall was not the problem. Be forewarned – I do not believe this to be an accurate statement and certain work that I had to do was done at a local Panera with a free wireless service because their wireless did not have such preventative firewall rules in effect.

You can have a lovely time at vacation Villas, just make sure the location is exactly what you want.

  • Liked — Spaciousness of rooms
  • Disliked — Internet service was unrelaible
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled as a couple
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new york city
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2007

I was a little skeptical after reading some of the reviews on here, but decided to book at the Vacation Village anyway. I did not regret the decision. Stayed in the one of the one bedroom suites. Lots of room and just about every amenity that you can think of.

The hotel is very much like a time share and is divided up into several different buildings. You have to check into the main building, which is where the restaurants and gyms are located. From there, you proceed to your own individual building. We had a rental car, which came in very handy, especially since the buildings are spaced a good distance apart. The hotel does offere a complimentary shuttle.

Most, if not all of the hotel's indivudal buildings have their own pools, which is a plus. However, as mentioned before, the gyms and restaurants are in the main building, so if you're a workout freak like I am, it might be more convenient to get rooming close to one of the main units. The rooms themselves were very big and consisted of a living room/dining room, full kitchen, separate bedroom with jacuzzi, and a separate bathroom. We had a sofabed which came in handy. The only downside with the rooms is the hallways. Remember, this is not a 5 star hotel, so the hallways are a bit like the old college dormitories. Not run down, just very very plain. There was a very faint smell (kinda like a mix between pine sol and milk), but that went away after the first few hours.

Lastly, the Hotel is located in an area with lots of stores. We went to Bagelmania for breakfast an it was great. $3 bucks for a meal that would normally cost around $7. However, this is Weston and if you're looking for something close to Fort Lauderdale, be warned.....it's about a 25 minute drive. Personally, I did not care, as the amenities in the hotel made up for the difference.

  • Liked — The space
  • Disliked — The distance from Fort Lauderdale
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled with family
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Florida
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2007

Vacation Village at Weston was a beautiful property. I requested a room with a view and received one without hassle. The staff was courteous and not once was I solicited for a timeshare. We had a unit with a full kitchen, which was very, very spacious with a wonderful view (pool). I called maintenence who responded very promptly for an issue. This place is PERFECT for a family vacation. They have a wonderful pool with a waterfall that kids will love!

The negatives are that you receive no ROOM SERVICE during your stay unless you pay extra. I requested fresh towels and was actually expected to use the laundromat to wash and dry them myself, which I felt was ridiculous....I don't do laundry on VACATION. Clean, fresh towels should be readily accessible.

Also, the room smelled moldy. Understandable, as Florida is very humid and the majority of the rooms on the property remained closed and are not properly aired. However, in a place that bills itself as a "5 Star Resort", you expect fresh smelling (it was clean) rooms and fresh towels upon request.

Oh, and last but not least....it's so-o-o-o far away from Miami. Granted, not really, if you go to Miami once during your entire trip, but we went daily and it became exhausting. If you intend to spend the majority of your trip in Miami, than you should really consider getting a hotel in the city.

Oh, and remember Vacation Village at Weston is not the same as Vacation Village at Bonaventure. We looked at that property during our stay and Bonaventure doesn't even compare to Weston. If at all possible....make sure you book at WESTON! :) (Thanks to previous TripAdvisor reviewees who made that distinction. I chose Weston due to those reviews!)

  • Liked — Spacious rooms-BR/Kitchen/Bathroom
  • Disliked — Location - Too Far away from Miami and Lack of room service/housekeeping
  • Stayed December 2006, travelled as a couple
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8 Thank NappyPrincessMD
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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46 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2007

We stayed at the Vacation Village for a wedding weekend. The wedding was at the Hyatt across the street. We were told to stay here, so we didn't really think to try the Hyatt instead. We will next time!

It wasn't that this place was terrible, it just wasn't what we were expecting. We don't get away much, so we were really looking forward to a nice resort stay.

Check in took about 45 minutes. It was SO slow. And they gave us about 100 papers to read later. They were copied so many times they were crooked with weird lines and such. Not impressive when trying to show your property. Then after check in we had to go to another check in line for our parking pass. I don't understand why they couldn't just give it to us in the regular line.

We had the larger suite. It was clean looking. I went to open the blinds and go out on our balcony (we were in the building right across from the check in building) and several of the blinds came off the hangers. Apparently, they were broken and people kept putting them back up there gently for the next person to open and have them come crashing down.

The toilet was leaking water around the base. The shower door was on upside down. And the water dial on the shower was put on wrong - it took us about 10 minutes to figure out how to get the water at a non-freezing or non-burning temp.

We went to visit friends that stayed at the Hyatt instead and their room was awesome! It was like a normal Hyatt room but with a kitchen and a living room. We both looked at each other with the "we should have stayed here" look when we first saw the room. And they paid the same price we paid!

Both the Hyatt and VV seemed to be a big draw for older folks. We felt very young at both places and we are in our mid-30s!

We didn't see the pool at VV. But the one at the Hyatt was awesome with a big waterfall, towel service and padded chairs.

  • Liked — size of room
  • Disliked — poor service
  • Stayed January 2007, travelled as a couple
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BATH. SOMERSET
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2007

We exchanged our timeshare with RCI to stay here and we enjoyed ourselves immensly. Great staff very helpul and accommodating. Spotlessly clean 1 bedroom apartment in the Osprey Buiding.Everything you could want. nice balcony which could be approached from the bedroom or lounge The pool and area close to our unit was very nicely laid out. On christmas morning they were cooking pancakes beside the pool and we even had a visit from Santa Claus!!!! Free coffee daily @ the pool, until 11am. Free shuttle to various shopping areas and restaurants, also picked us up again if we rang the resort and they were there within 10 mins.Would definately stay again and would recommend to any age group.

  • Liked — the size and quietness of unit
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed December 2006, travelled with family
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Property: Vacation Village at Weston
Address: 16461 Racquet Club Rd, Weston, FL 33326-3131
Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Weston
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Weston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Vacation Village at Weston 3.5*
Number of rooms: 672
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Within the famous South Florida Spa, Tennis and Golf Community of Weston, lies a vacationer's dream at Vacation Village at Weston Resort. Indulge in spacious one-and two-bedroom suites with amenities like private Jacuzzi tubs, kitchens, and living and dining areas. Resort amenities include a heated, outdoor pool and relaxing outdoor whirlpool. Poolside activities, barbecue facilities and more also available. ... more   less 
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